Knowledge and action
Islam is the religion of knowledge. The first aayah of the Qur’aan to be revealed enjoined reading which is the key to knowledge. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).
He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.
Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.
He has taught man that which he knew not”
[Soorah al-‘Alaq 96:1-5]
In Islam, knowledge comes before action; there can be no action without knowledge, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“So know (O Muhammad) that Laa ilaaha ill-Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women” [Soorah Muhammad 47:19]
Knowledge and fear of Allaah may be attained by knowing His signs and creation. The knowledgeable are those who know that, hence Allaah praises them by saying (interpretation of the meaning):
“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allâh” [Soorah Faatir 35:28]
The scholars occupy a noble status in Islam, and which is higher than the position of others in this world and in the Hereafter. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Allâh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge” [Soorah al-Mujaadilah 58:11]
Because of the importance of knowledge, Allaah commanded His Messenger to seek more of it. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” [Soorah Ta-Ha 20:114]
Allaah praises the scholars, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Say: ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allâh’s Signs and Verses)” [Soorah al-Zumar 39:9]
Those who have knowledge are the quickest of people to understand the truth and believe in it:
“And that those who have been given knowledge may know that it (this Qur’aan) is the truth from your Lord, so that they may believe therein, and their hearts may submit to it with humility” [Soorah al-Hajj 22:54 – interpretation of the meaning]
Islam calls us to learn all kinds of beneficial knowledge. Branches of knowledge vary in status, the highest of which is knowledge of the Sharee’ah and it is obligatory to seek and learn particularly that which pertains to the individuals specifically. Such as; Tawheed of Allah, Aqeedah, knowing the rights of Allah and His Messenger. Knowing who Allah is, who is His the Prophet and what is islam. Tahara, Ghusl, Wudhoo, Pillars of Islam and Emaan. Then other fields of knowledge is given importance; medicine, dentistry, vet then the other fields of knowledge.
One who strives to seek the truth, seek knowledge and understand it and strives to live and act by it, then Allah blesses him with the correct understanding of the deen. The understanding of the Sahabah.
The Prophet sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam said: “When Allaah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” (Agreed upon. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 69)
Islam calls us to seek knowledge. The Messenger sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he explained that the superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly body. He said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that the Prophets did not leave behind dinars and dirhams (i.e., money), rather their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has gained a great share. And he sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam said that seeking knowledge is a way to Paradise. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-‘Ilm, 10)
The Prophet of Allaah, Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“When one of you passes by the gardens of Paradise then take from them.”
The Companions (radhiyallaahu ‘an hum) said: “And what are the gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allaah?” So he said, “The circles of Remembrance. Because Allaah (the Most High) has Angels who travel around seeking out the gatherings of Remembrance, so when they come upon them they surround them.”
The ummah needs knowledgeable people at all times and in all places. A nation without knowledge and scholars will live in illusions and sink in darkness. Today knowledge is easily accessible. Through the internet, telephone, CD, MP3 etc. But one should not neglect attending in person a regular class or conference that takes place whether it be by a Scholar or Student. Also those who are more serious should travel to the Scholars. Enrol onto an Islamic University or institute to further their studies.
Abu Umamah reported: The Prophet sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam, said, “Whoever leaves for the masjid in the morning, for no reason but to learn or teach others, he will have a reward as if he has completed the Hajj pilgrimage.”
Source: al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 7346
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
Shaykh Saleem al-Hilali said;
So when the scholar and the teachers have laid down a day for the students, it is not fitting that anyone should keep away from that appointment unless he is prevented from it with something sufficient as an excuse.
Source:The Manners of the Scholar & Student of Knowledge from the Explanation of the Hadeeth of Jibreel by Shaykh Saleem Al Hilaalee (hafithahullaah) Pages 20 – 21
Benefits of attending lessons:
- Gaining reward of seeking ilm and increasing in ilm and wiping out ignorance.
- Coming closer to Allaah, His Mercy and Jannah.
- Ilm humbles a person.
- Learning and striving to act by it, is its fruits.
- Reminder benefits the believer, even if we may know already.
- Meeting and seeing brothers, sisters seeing sisters on a regular basis.
- Love, respect, mercy and concern developing amongst each other.
- Concern for the Dawah to flourish and become widespread.
- Supporting the Dawah i.e. Islam by attending.
- Supporting the Scholar, teacher, Daeby attending.